Saturday, May 21, 2011
For all of your comments, the jam turned out fine. I let is sit on the stove for a few hours until it was cold, then carefully put it in the refrigerator. This morning, it was nice and stiff, but still spreads on toast without too much trouble. It's just like store-bought, except Sure-Jell says a tablespoon is only five calories. It's nice and peachy, but the two tablespoons of lemon juice make it a little tangy too. I had four pieces of whole-wheat toast with peanut butter and jam for breakfast. It was like having dessert.
Then we spent the entire day doing the party in the park, and in the end took in a total of $176.00. I added up all the receipts, and we spent $172.12, so the net gain is $3.88 for a full day today, getting ready, and cleaning up. Twelve of us showed up, but a couple didn't stay all day. On the other hand, some of us put in 9 hours just today, and I now have to take a few things back to Sam's Club because we weren't allowed to sell drinks at the last minute. We may show a $25 gain in the end.
The irony is, we would have been farther ahead if I had just donated the $6 that I spent on three beers.
Friday, May 20, 2011
A couple of days ago I picked all the peaches because they were falling to the ground by the hour. We have been eating peaches, and today I finally went through the remainder. I threw away a lot of them, scalded and peeled the rest, and made sugar-free jam out of the yield. According to the pectin packet, the calories for each tablespoon of finished product are 45 if made with the regular recipe, 30 if made with the less sugar recipe, and 5 if made with the "no sugar needed recipe." (Than means Splenda, or sucralose.) I used sucralose. The whole mess is cooling now, and I'll find out tomorrow if it jelled.
I made grape jelly once in Indianapolis, because we had a Concord grape vine that produced bushels of fruit. I used three times the recipe's required juice and it did jell. It was also the best grape jelly I have ever tasted. This time the BW wants it sweet, so I followed the recipe. I hope she likes it, or I'll be eating a lot of toast with peanut butter and peach jam.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I walked the dogs this morning, then met Dan at Nelson's to inventory the supplies the Kiwanis have. He took the pizza shells, cheese, and pepperoni home to thaw in his refrigerator, and we met at Sam's Club the buy the missing material. We bought 80 hamburgers, 80 buns, ketchup, two jars of pizza sauce, two boxes of Pepsi (would have been three cases in the old days), paper plate, and paper napkins. When I took the Pepsi and hamburgers back to Nelsons (hamburgers in the freezer) I found another 320 napkins, so we probably shouldn't have bought the napkins. The only good news is, they won't spoil. We have tons of water, propane, etc. And Jim Engle is bringing his generator for the pizza oven.
We will be selling at Pop Stansall Park Saturday from eleven to three, so we meet at Nelson's at 9:45. This is the most reasonable event for a long time - I get tired of being at Nelson's at 6:00 AM on a Saturday. Dan is going to get 100 one's for change, and I will get a bunch of fives and tens. I also get back the $106 I spent at Sam's eventually, as well as our starting change.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
You know how much fun it is to clean out a filing cabinet, or closet. Today I decided that I really should clean up this computer. I don't know how old it is, but it's a Windows XP Media Center. One bit of software says it's a single 64 bit processor, so you know it's getting old - and slow.
Today I went to the administrative part of Windows, did a disk cleanup and disk defrag, searched for PC cleaners, ran the free PC Cleaner software, and came up with 10,634 problems. I paid the $29.95 and cleaned up the problems, then eliminated about half the programs that I didn't starting at turn-on, and got a computer that works a whole lot faster than it used to - doing everything. It turns on and boots up in a fraction of the time it did take, and the browser images pop up at about the same speed as my son-in-law's new liquid cooled machine did when we visited in October.
Sometime it pays to clean out the closet - I wish I had done it sooner.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Sunday evening the BW wanted a Subway sub for supper, but I wasn't really hungry because I had eaten some peanuts an hour earlier. As a consequence I suggested that I guy one 12 inch sub and we each eat half. She really wanted two 12 inch subs, and I didn't suggest that I have a bowl of soup or something else - I just went out and got two oven roasted subs, exactly alike, with
Swiss cheese and mayo.
When we sat down for supper I ate my entire sub, and she ate just the first half of hers, then decided to save the other half because she was full. It was an extreme lack of both my sales ability and my restraint.
Today, a friend wanted me to meet him for a couple of beers about four in the afternoon, and I told him that I was in the middle of making chicken noodle soup, with the stock made and the meat separated on the chicken. The BW told me to go head - keep him company because his wife was away, so I did. I met him and stayed until after seven, drinking four beers and eating chips and fries, and hearing that he had been fired today and the story of his latest marriage. I still haven't got the hang of drinking without eating, or the knack of nursing a beer.
So I have overindulged twice in three days without a reasonable excuse either time. I consider it a lack of commitment.
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